Detroit Tigers: Factoring Tyler Nevin into the equation for 2023
Tyler Nevin making case to crack 2023 Detroit Tigers roster.
The Detroit Tigers are well underway on their slate of Spring Training games. They continue to tune up for the 2023 season, and it appears that Tyler Nevin will make his case to play a role with the 2023 Tigers squad.
He's the son of former Tiger Phil Nevin and is looking to kick-start his performance in 2023. The Detroit Tigers are hoping he can slot into the lineup on occasion, with him slated to be a platoon option and bench bat as things stand.
Nevin is listed as a corner infielder and left fielder on Baseball Reference. If there's one thing we have learned about the Detroit Tigers and their players, it's going to be that Nevin will likely move around the field and play a multitude of roles if A.J. Hinch has anything to say about it.
His first two seasons in the big league with the Baltimore Orioles are nothing to write home about, but he's hoping that a strong showing this Spring could be what he needs to right the ship and get going on a high note in 2023 after being acquired from the Orioles.
In 2022, Nevin played in 58 games for the Orioles, where he logged 157 at-bats. He slashed .197/.299/.261 for Baltimore; certainly nothing overexciting. But the Tigers seem to think he can get the bat working and be a valuable player for this team moving forward.
If he does not get the bat going, there's certainly reason to believe that he could be one of the first of the team's new additions to crumble during the 2023 season. Early in the Spring, the hopes are high for Nevin as he has seen the ball well in the batters' box.
Nevin has four hits in ten at-bats in his four games played this Spring. He's got two home runs and five RBI with a 1.400 OPS early on. It's certainly a long road until the season, but the Tigers' new addition shows why he deserves more at-bats early on.
Here's a look at one of the balls that Nevin hit out this Spring. While his big league stats are nothing to write home about, the Tigers brass is seemingly hopeful that he can earn his chances. After all, there is a gaping hole at third base.
On top of that, there might be room for him to play at first base at times as well. The Tigers maay likely earmark some playing time for Nevin if he continues to shine this spring.